I had stopped listening to Star Wars books a while back because the writing seemed to be suffering. The Thrawn Trilogy was good, not great, but good and I had listened to many others after that were just OK at best so i had lost interest. I picked this one up because I needed to use a credit before the end of the month and wanted to see how well it tied into the Star Wars Movies. I was very pleasantly surprised. The book seems more written for adults rather than teens and is very well written as well. The story had me interested from the beginning to the end and tied into the movies very well but can definitely stand on its own if you have never seen the movies.
The narrator Daniel Davis took a little getting used to. At the beginning the voice seemed kind of "flat" for a lack of a better word. However, once used to it I was completely engrossed in the story.
It has been a while since I first listened to Ender's Game. I really enjoyed it and was worried that this book might taint that a bit so I avoided it for a while. After listening to Ender's Shadow though, I realize how silly that was. This truly does complement Ender's game and gives you further insight into one if its more interesting characters... Bean. I enjoyed the different point of view of events I thought I knew so well. I would still recommend reading Ender's Game first as I think this book would be better appreciated if you were already familiar with the main story.
... but apparently not in this story. Stephen King has written some of the best, most suspenseful "can't put down" books I have ever read. He has also written some true snoozers. This unfortunately falls in the latter category. I kept waiting and waiting for the exciting part of the story. For the "something" to happen that the character keeps chanting on about. When we finally reach the climax of the story, its just a big "Meh". For the build up, I kind of expected more. But with that said, even an average King novel is better than most other authors best novels. So if you are a King fan and have 12 hours or so to spare, then go ahead and give it a listen... just don't expect too much.
When I first picked this up, I was thinking it would lead more into "A New Hope", but this takes place shortly after "Revenge of the Sith". It gives great insight into Tarkin and is an interesting story to listen to. This wasn't the type of story that had me sitting in the car longer to listen to, but I did look forward to my next drive to listen to more of the story.
... It was just average. A nice little story to help pass 7+ hours. It kind of reminded me of listening to grandpa tell stories of days gone bye. You don't fully listen you just listen enough to nod at the right times.
There was no suspense to this book, nothing to make you say "I have to listen to the rest of this now". Though there is a ghost, it isn't much of a ghost story. Although the main character is trying to solve a mystery, it didn't really have the feel of a mystery as some of it was predictable and when you did find out who the murderer was it was more a feeling of "who cares".
However, if you are a King fan, have a credit to spend and nothing else is catching your eye, I mean nothing else at all, then go ahead an pick it up. Just don't expect a King Masterpiece.
This is a good book that takes you back to the Outbound Flight project and gives some background into one of Zahn's best characters... Thrawn. It definitely gives you a different perspective on this character. The only complaint I would have is that I do not like abridged books very much. They tend to leave things out and I wonder what I missed in this book so that is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5.
This is an excellent short story that will appeal to many sci-fi fans and Dark Tower fans. I have listened to this many times and enjoy it each time. There are a few people who make the ridiculous statement that this is an advertisement for the Kindle. It is true that the main character uses a kindle in the story, but that hardly makes it an ad. Just like having a Buick in a story doesn't make that book an ad for Buicks and having a character drink a Coke doesn't mean it's an ad for Coca Cola. Kindles and other e-readers are a part of everyday life and this story has to do with a special kindle and the multi-verse.
Overall, this was a good book but no where near Da vinci Code or Angels and Demons. In fact I was often confused by Langdon's character. In previous books he seemed open minded where in this book he came across very closed minded. Much of the story seemed repetitive and there were parts where it dragged on. This was not a "must listen to now" book like the other two.
Even with those faults, it was an interesting storyline that I did enjoy... I just wished it had been delivered better.
I was having a hard time just staying awake during this audiobook. While 3 hours doesn't seem like a long book, the information here could have been provided in less than 20 minutes.
Being born in 1975 I have no fascination with JFK or any misguided belief that somehow the world would be better today had he lived. No one really knows what would have happened, my guess is that life would be the same. Unfortunately, many baby-boomers seem to think JFK was the greatest man to ever live and I was afraid that King would use this book to push that idea. He definitely reflects that point of view in Al Templeton, but being a King fan I picked up the book anyway because he is most likely the greatest author of our time.
He definitely did not disappoint. This book really isn't about JFK though and its not a horror story at all. Its a story about a great adventure that we all dream of having. It's a story about finding the greatest love of your life, which we all hope to do. In some cases it's a story of sacrifice and sorrow. Whether you have listened to a King book before or not, this is one everyone can enjoy.
The Narrator Craig Wasson does a good job with one major exception. Sadie's voice was just horrible, He didn't capture a good Georgian accent at all and she sounded like a dying horse through most of the book. Other than that, the narration was excellent and captivating.
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